• Mudgee Youth Theatre presents its first production

    Date: 2019.08.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    Youth theatre performers outside the Town Hall Theatre.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The up and coming performers and playwrights of the Mudgee region will show their skills at this weekend’s Short Shorts program of short plays.

    Actors aged eight to 18 will stage their own plays at the Town Hall Theatre on Friday, September 11 at 7.30, and Saturday, September 12 at 1.30.

    The hour-long program includes plays set in the familiar worlds of school and home alongside encounters with wizards, genies and imaginary friends.

    The show is the first production of the Cudgegong Youth Theatre, formed last year with assistance from a Regional Arts NSW CASP grant.

    The youth theatre is Mudgee Performing Arts Society’s way of supporting the talented youngsters who have shone on stage in recent youth performances such as A Fairy Tale and last year’s Short Shorts production.

    These young talents have been working for months to write their scripts and creating their characters, along the way learning new storytelling and performance skills.

    “It’s great to be able to encourage the region’s future performers and writers,” Youth Theatre co-ordinator Sam Paine said.

    “A few of the children have already had supporting roles in our adult musicals and plays, but this is a chance to put them in the spotlight and let them take the lead.

    “Already it’s clear we have some great developing talents among our younger members, and our older high school performers are quite accomplished and still pushing themselves further.”

    With three of the region’s young performers leaving for Sydney acting schools in 2015 and others preparing for a similar move in 2016, the region is proving to be a fertile training ground for future actors.

    This year, thanks to a bequest from the late Norman McVicker and ongoing support from the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise, the judges’ favourite writers and performers will win prizes of $200 for best production, $150 for best script, and a $200 people’s choice prize.

    “Norman was always enthusiastic about supporting young writers and performers, and we’re very grateful that his bequest has allowed us to continue that work,” Mr Paine said. “It strengthens the youth theatre and lets us reward the kids’ good work.”

    Short Shorts will be at the Mudgee Town Hall Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday, September 11, and 1.30pm on Saturday, September 12. Tickets will be available at the door, at $15 for adults, $10 concession, and $40 for a family.

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